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Q: Which stocks -Canada or US -would you recommend for a 5% portfolio weight, with suggested entry price and rationale.

Read Answer Asked by sam on May 25, 2022

Q: I'm more a scavenger than a predator, as much interested in dividends as capital gains. Right now, however, I see opportunity in the growth sector as it collapses after years of ridiculous rises. My intention is to sell off bond funds to pick off the debris of this collapse.

First question: Now or wait?

Second question: What are your choices given this scenario, US or Canadian? Bear in mind, I'm not interested in the 5 or 10 yr wait. I'm looking at a bounce back after half the herd has jumped. I want reasonable growth prospects, a price to earnings ratio that isn't stupid and a margin that also isn't stupid. Say, for example, Apple.

You get it. I also don't expect perfection from you. No one ever got it from me.

Read Answer Asked by Larry on May 25, 2022

Q: Regarding the list above, could you rank them from best to worst, in terms of fundamentals and the ability to survive economic downturns.
Deduct as many credits as you wish. Many thanks for you assistance.

Read Answer Asked by John on May 21, 2022

Q: I read your answer to a question regarding tax loss selling where you said that you were "endorsing tax-loss harvesting right now". I've taken some profits and have the following stocks that are down and can utilize: AMZN, VISA, DIS, TFII and GSY - can you recommend which ones I should sell and if you would be okay buying them back after the 30 days?

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on May 17, 2022

Q: I'm thinking of selling everything I have and starting over. The only stock I would like to keep is Suncor. Looking for 5-10 companies that will be good solid investments. 3-5 year time frame. Please include at what price you would buy. Take as many credits as needed. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Ziaad on May 16, 2022

Q: Hi team,

Grateful if you could develop your answer to Chris April 19 and provide your full list of buy-and-forget stocks both in Canada and USA in order of preference and with suggested entry price.

With appreciation,

Jacques ISD

Read Answer Asked by Jacques on April 20, 2022

Q: Hi 5i!

Which one of the above six US equities would you top to a full weighting in an RRSP at current valuations for growth over a 10 year horizon?


Read Answer Asked by Greg on April 06, 2022

Q: I'm overweight financials - almost 20% of my total portfolio. In relatively equal proportions I hold: BAM, GSY, SLF, X and V. Should I trim across the board or do these stocks have sufficiently different economic drivers that being 20% overweight is not a concern? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Maureen on April 05, 2022

Q: Could you please rate the following stocks and ETFs for total return over the next 5 years:


How about E (excellent), VG (very good), G (good), F (forget it)?!


Read Answer Asked by Doug on March 31, 2022

Q: Hi Peter and Staff

Visa has done well in the period of ownership but has stalled over the last couple of years....."Experts" seem to be divided somewhat on the returns to expect in the future.

In my financial basket V is a larger position than ECN and TSU but lower than BAM.A.

What do you feel about the future expectations of Visa in particular and how would you rank the 4 stocks future returns

Thanks for all you do


Read Answer Asked by Dennis on March 30, 2022

Q: What is a solid level of free cash flow a company should deliver and what are your favoured 5 stocks in each of Canada and the US with high free cash flow? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Michael on March 22, 2022

Q: Hi Folks,
I currently own the above in my TFSA and non registered accounts as part of the "tech" sector - I would like your opinion as to whether you would add to any of them OR would this be a good entry point to buy CSU for some Canadian exposure.

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on March 10, 2022

Q: I have the above listed in my US $ account, all in a positive position. Is it time to add or should I hold until market direction is more positive (re Ukraine).
What would be your sequence of adding.
Thanks for your help as always.

Read Answer Asked by Albert on February 22, 2022

Q: We know uncertainty helps the markets drop. With Russia saying they are drawing back troops and NATO and USA say they are building up, one could anticipate uncertainty ahead. With this in mind, is there any advice for which type of stock might be the best to buy on a future dip?

Read Answer Asked by James on February 18, 2022

Q: How strong is the Visa moat? Is it vulnerable to disruptors? Will big players like Amazon going their own way be a material hit overall? Is there still enough market share to gain from cash payments globally to continue the growth rate that supports the valuation?

Read Answer Asked by Benjamin on February 08, 2022

Q: As we move into 2022 I find myself looking for long-term trends that I can believe in and consequently feel safe to invest in. It seems to me that:
2. Cyber security
3. Payments
are three such trends. I'm curious if you agree with my three choices and if you do could you suggest a couple of companies in each trend that would be your favourites. Finally, are there other viable long term trends that you think I have missed?

Read Answer Asked by Les on February 03, 2022

Q: Hello 5i team,
Need to build equity portion of a portfolio for a recently retired almost senior citizen.
Very conservative, sleep at night stocks. Not needed for at least 5-10 years.

Need about 10 for RRSP and 4-5 for TFSA.

Do you agree with above stocks or would you pick others?
No oil stocks and no significantly cyclical stocks.
Don't need to be dividend payers but looking for total return of 5-8% or more per year on average.
Can you provide about 12 choices including above suggestions if you agree for RRSP and 4-5 for TFSA.

Take as many credits as needed.
Thank you so much for this great service.

Read Answer Asked by Tulio on January 26, 2022